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Missing templates in PowerPoint 2013


You look in the template gallery and find that suddenly some templates are missing/there are far fewer than there were when you installed Office 2013. Or the themes you expect to see on the PowerPoint Start screen or the File | New screen aren't there.

The problem is caused by faulty update software; Microsoft is aware of the problem and is trying to find a solution.

Solution: Download the missing themes (courtesy of Echo Swinford)

The themes that usually show on the PowerPoint Start screen are actually superthemes. Superthemes are like "regular" themes, but they give you variants. Variants are the options you see when you click one of the themes in the Start screen and get that dialog with different color options, pattern options, etc. You also see these variants on the Design tab of the Ribbon.

To use the newly downloaded themes, start PowerPoint. The themes may or may not show on your start screen.

Here are the files. Some are repeats of ones that were already available. They're named like TM########[[fn=ThemeName]].thmx because Echo grabbed them from live "managed content" folders, and that's how they were named there. You shouldn't have to rename them.

Solution: Trick the update software

Here's another trick that's worked for some people:

Once again, don't start Outlook until after you've reset the clock back to normal or your appointments may get adjusted in unexpected/unwanted ways.

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Missing templates in PowerPoint 2013
Last update 19 June, 2015
Created: 28 January, 2015